This article has been updated to reflect a correction. The Roux House is planning a League City site.
The Grille is gone: The year ends with big news of openings and closings of restaurants and drinking establishments around the county.
First, Ocean Grille & Beach Bar caused quite a stir this week by closing.
Randall Petitt, who created the concept that opened in the spring last year, confirms a group of investors bought the business — not the building — 1228 Seawall Blvd. in Galveston.
On the upside, those investors plan to rebrand and reopen sometime in 2017.
While Ocean Grille & Beach Bar didn’t quite meet his expectations, the restaurant had an exceptionally good summer and fall because of the mild weather, Pettit said. Ocean Grille is heavily dependent on patio seating, which can be an issue in inclement weather, Pettit said.
The new investors plan to reconfigure the space, which before Ocean Grille was home to Capital Q BBQ and before that Nate’s Steakhouse. Remodeling will make the restaurant less patio-centric.
Pettit, who is known for his involvement in such island bar and restaurant concepts as 21 and The West End Restaurant & Sand Bar, among others, decided to sell to investors after taking a position with Alexander Valley Vineyards. That position required Pettit to travel often, leaving him little time to devote to Ocean Grille, he said.
It could take three to five months for the new investors to remodel and rebrand, Pettit said.
“There are exciting things to come,” he said. Stay tuned.
Market watch: Elsewhere in the island’s dining scene, a popular downtown juice bar and restaurant has closed temporarily as owners make repairs in the kitchen.
Oasis Juice Bar & Market, 409 25th St., closed earlier this week to make changes necessary to get the eatery compliant with the Galveston County Health District. The changes had nothing to do with food temperatures or anything having to do with cleanliness. Rather, the changes were more structural and were prompted by a change of ownership inspection. In Texas, a change of ownership inspection is required of all food enterprises. If an establishment has or will change ownership, an inspection must be conducted to verify the new operation has adequate facilities or to verify whether any existing equipment must be replaced or upgraded.
At the beginning of this year, Valerie Fullen acquired Oasis Juice Bar & Market from Steve Hermecke, Dennis McFadden and Kathleen DiNatale. Initially, Fullen considered moving the business to another building instead of remodeling the kitchen. But on Monday she said she decided to stay put and make the repairs and also invest in a cold press juicer for the restaurant while she’s at it. Oasis specializes in organic, healthy and clean fare.
Fullen, who plans to reopen soon, has launched a GoFundMe campaign at www.gofundme.com/oasis-big-move.
New tune? Details are scarce, but an astute reader reports spotting a sign posted in League City heralding the imminent arrival of The Roux House, 3202 Marina Bay Drive. The sign is at the building formerly occupied by Claudio & Mattia’s Trattoria Piano Bar.
It wasn’t clear this week whether The Roux House is at all related to the Baton Rouge hotspot famous for cocktails and good live music. Stay tuned.
Big slice: Meanwhile, a growing Houston-based chain known for pizza and beer plans to slice into the north county market, leasing 18,818 square feet of space at Friendswood Fountains, a retail center at 2111 W. Parkwood Ave., officials with Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership report. No word on an opening date.